Preservation of Raynham Hall


The mission of Raynham Hall Museum is to enable visitors to the nearly 300-year-old Townsend family home in Oyster Bay to experience what it meant to be prominent merchants and heroic patriots, and to become engaged in the worlds of espionage, domestic life and the decorative arts.

The building and grounds of Raynham Hall are owned by the Town of Oyster Bay, and the site is operated as a museum by the Friends of Raynham Hall, Inc. The Museum has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1991, the only historic house museum on Long Island to bear that distinction. We are also a local, state and national landmark, listed at the national level of significance.

We welcome thousands of students every year who come on class field trips to enhance their knowledge of Revolutionary War history, and our costumed educators also offer tours to walk-in visitors. Additionally, we offer group tours on other historic subjects (for instance  the Civil War, Victorian life, or slavery) that can be tailored to your needs, and we offer many adults and children’s workshops throughout the year. We partner with other community groups to encourage the revitalization of this vibrant community, and we advocate for historic preservation.

The current members of Raynham Hall’s board of trustees are:

John M. Collins, President
Rita Roselle, 1st Vice President
Joanna Badami, 2nd Vice President
Karen J. Underwood, 3rd Vice President
Rebecca Finelli, Fourth Vice President
Timothy Groves, Treasurer
Barbara Curry, Secretary
James M. Murphy, Legal Advisor
Barbara Adelhardt
John A. Bonifacio
Patricia P. Sands
Maureen Brennan
Elizabeth Brown
Colette Buzzetta
Sandra Dillingham DeMille
June B. Fisher
Kristen Jones
Erik Knutsen
Rebecca Lawton Flatters
Carrie Leopold
Elaine Palmer
Kathleen Gallagher Pries
Kay Hutchins Sato
Abby Youngs Weir


Our advisory board members are:

Rosemary E. Bourne
John Bralower
Judith C. Chapman
Thomas Hogan
Robert F. Hussey
G. Bruce Knecht
Libby H. O’Connell
Frank J. Olt, Jr.
Franklin Hill Perrell
Julie Rinaldini
Claudia Taglich
Bradford G. Weekes III
Townsend Weekes
Richard Weir III

Our honorary trustee is: Mrs. Bradford G. Weekes, Jr.

Our staff is as follows:

Harriet Gerard Clark, Executive Director
Theresa Skvarla, Public Relations Director
Alexandra Sutherland, Director of Education and Public Programs
Jessica Pearl, Collections Manager
Antoinette Fleig, Michael Goudket,
Arlene Pastore, Joann Perotto,
Jo Ann Paulsen